Tuesday headlines: Scotland Omicron cases linked to event, burqas disguised thieves jailed

Welcome to the Daily Record Tuesday briefing.

Top stories you need to know today include new information about the Omicron variant in Scotland, the jail time for the burqa-clad armed gang who robbed a Dundee jewelry store, and some international travel advice.

Here are the latest titles from Scotland and beyond today.

Nicola Sturgeon says all Omicron cases in Scotland are linked to ‘one-off private event’



Nicola Sturgeon briefed the Scottish Parliament on covid

Nicola Sturgeon has revealed that the nine cases of the Omicron Covid variant found in Scotland so far are all linked to a “single private event”.

The prime minister said those identified are all isolating themselves at home and have not required hospital treatment.

In a statement to MSPs today, the SNP leader said she expected more cases of the event-related variant to be discovered soon.

Sturgeon did not share details of the nature of the event, but revealed those in attendance had not recently traveled overseas – suggesting there is some level of community transmission.

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Burka-clad gang armed with caged ax and hammer in terrifying raid on Scottish jewelry store



Three members of an armed gang who disguised themselves in burqas during a robbery in a jewelry store are now sentenced to more than 32 years in prison.

Dean King, Anthony Wheeldon and Connor Willis were among the raiders who targeted Walker the Jeweler on Union Street in Dundee.

A judge had previously shown footage of King participating in a ruse to keep the door to the premises open as accomplices – two of whom were dressed in Islamic-style robes and face coverings – burst in.

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Travel advice for 12 countries as borders begin to tighten – Spain, France, Dubai, Switzerland, United States



People visit the Christmas market amid the novel coronavirus pandemic in Austria

Countries overseas took swift action to tighten rules and restrictions this week to protect against the Omicron variant.

The new strain of coronavirus was first detected in southern Africa and has been labeled a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Many popular vacation hotspots have decided to tighten their borders despite scientists warning that it is still not clear whether the variant is more contagious.

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The Scottish killer who stabbed his partner to death burned down his house in an attempt to “burn down the old life”



Victoria Kydd, who torched her apartment for "burn his past".
Victoria Kydd, who burned down her apartment to “burn down her past”.

A sex killer admitted to putting many lives in danger by burning down his house in an attempt to “burn his old life”.

Victoria Kydd stacked paper and clothes in pots on her stove and set them on a fire which was put out by heroic bystanders who spotted smoke and flames.

Dundee Sheriff Court learned that when the Scottish Fire and Rescue Services were on the scene, Kydd attempted to set the apartment down for the second time.

Kydd, 43, – who served five years for stabbing her lover to death while refusing to have sex with her – has been warned that she risks being returned to prison.

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Sam Heughan loses legal battle with German distillery over Sassenach whiskey



Sam disappointed fans with his latest whiskey update
Sam with his Sassenach whiskey

Outlander star Sam Heughan has lost a legal battle with a German distillery over the name of his whiskey brand.

The actor launched his own scotch last year, The Sassenach – the nickname his character Jamie Fraser uses for his on-screen love Claire in the time travel drama.

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